Bring Birth Home July webinar event features guest Jessica English, CD(DONA), LCCE
I am proud to call Jessica my doula.
We hired her as our doula for my home birth after attending her natural childbirth education class at the Kalamazoo Center for Healing Arts.
As a teacher, Jessica’s gravitational pull is toward natural birth.
As we got to know Jessica, we realized our shared philosophies, we liked her gentle nature and always felt comfortable as the only couple in the class planning a home birth. Jessica herself had given birth at home to her second son. In fact, we hired the same midwife.
Jessica’s role during my labor and childbirth was irreplaceable. I feel so grateful for her presence and hope to hire her again in the future.
Next Tuesday, Jessica will join me in discussing work as a doula and the creation of Birth Kalamazoo
I know of many doulas who love the work they do so much! But it doesn’t always pay the bills. Some are able to quench their birth love thirst part time, but must continue working their “real” j-o-b that they’d rather quit.
Jessica will be sharing her experience turning being a doula and her love for birth into a full time business, and how you could do the same!
Jessica first got interested in natural birth as a student at Kalamazoo College, where she spent three months of her senior year researching and writing about midwifery. After earning her bachelor’s degree in English from K in 1994, she went on to a career in marketing, public relations and journalism.
Originally certified as a Bradley Method instructor, Jessica found that her philosophies evolved and broadened as she taught and attended births. In 2008, she transferred her affiliation to another organization, and began teaching her independent course, “The Best of Natural Birth.” Jessica is also certified as a doula by DONA International, and she attends many of her students’ births.
Because she is so often with women during birth, Jessica can speak knowledgeably about what to expect with various midwives and doctors. In 2009, she trained with world-renowned doula Penny Simkin to become a DONA birth doula trainer, and she plans to offer her first birth doula workshop in Kalamazoo in early 2010.
In addition to birth work and her role as a mom, Jessica is also a freelance writer and a marketing and public relations consultant. She publishes an e-newsletter about natural birth (subscribe). Her writing has appeared in publications around the region and the state, on topics as diverse as parenting, business and education. Those communication skills inform and enrich her teaching.
Jessica is an active member of La Leche League International, the Kalamazoo County Breastfeeding Coalition, and Natural Families of Kalamazoo, as well as organizer of the annual Kzoo Baby & Family Expo. She has served in leadership roles on the boards of directors of Goodwill Industries, Girl Scouts of Glowing Embers, Professional Women Communicators and the Kalamazoo Area Women’s Festival.
Jessica and her husband Keith have had two natural births. Keith caught their son Aidan at Bronson Hospital in 2003, and their son Quinn at home in 2006. She teaches from the heart—sharing the natural birth techniques that worked for her and that she’s seen work for countless other women. Jessica feels incredibly blessed to help other families bring their babies into the world.
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